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Chapter 4

I Management Of Native Forests

II Plantations-high Productivity Resources

III Protecting The Resource

IV Harvesting The Resource

V Solid Wood And Its Processing

VI Minor Forest Products

VII Reconstituted Wood Products
i Veneer, plywood and laminated sections
ii Fibreboards
iii Particleboard

VIII Pulp And Paper

IX Export Woodchips

X Future Directions

XI Acknowledgements



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Veneer, plywood and laminated sections (continued)

Although in use overseas for many years, laminated beams were not made in Australia until 1939, when Ralph Symonds Ltd. of Sydney produced roof arches of nearly 30 metre span by what was claimed to be a rapid and unique operation. There have since been many applications of glued laminated construction and these have been helped by the development of improved gluing methods, particularly for woods high in extractives, by CSIRO and the Wood Technology Division of the NSW Forestry Commission. Overall, however, the penetration of this technology in construction appears to have been less than has occurred in other countries.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - CSIRO Division of Building Research; CSIRO Division of Forest Products; N.S.W. Forestry Commission; Ralph Symonds Ltd

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